Mentorships

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1:1 Mentoring, $225

In person and online mentorships with Lexi.  What is taught is customized around the needs of the student. When it comes to my love for photography and my experiences as a self-taught artist, I am an open book to share and teach whatever you need to grow as an artist. If are are feeling stagnant with your skills or craft, I want to help reignite that spark that made you first fall in love with taking photographs and guide you to the next step on your artistic journey. We can cover how to shoot in manual mode with your current gear and learn how to look for the light and gain confidence shooting in different lighting situations. I can share my shooting and editing process if you’re ready to put your camera skills to use, or want to learn how to document your daily life in the most authentic way possible. We all see the world in a unique, beautiful way, and it is my goal to inspire you to forget the rules and shoot with more intention and feeling, bringing your own vision and style to your work.

Mentoring sessions may be done in person or online via video chat (Skype), whatever is most convenient for you. A set of questions will be sent to you before our meeting to help me get to know you and your goals so I can prepare specific feedback to help you best.

What You Get:

One two hour session done in person

OR

Two one hour mentoring sessions, each taking place at least one week apart, to give you time to process the initial session

Second session will include follow-up questions + discussion, and may also include specific image feedback

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Portfolio Review, $200

Have you been pouring your heart into your work, but feel like something still isn’t connecting? You have a vision in your mind of what you want to achieve, but you just can’t seem to execute that vision into your final product? The advantage of a portfolio review is having an artist you respect and admire view your work through a skilled set of eyes to help you discover those missing connections. This portfolio review will provide you with an in-depth critique on ten images, as well as a post review discussion session meant to not only give you advice on what to improve upon, but to also highlight and build upon your strengths. My goal is to give you the knowledge to aid you in reaching your goals as a photographer and artist and to inspire you to shoot from that unique perspective that is your heart.

Some things to consider before booking a portfolio review:

  • Are we a good fit? I want to be sure that this review is not only a positive experience, but also something that inspires you to continue to push through your own barriers to achieve the work you have been aspiring to create. I really encourage you to take a look through my blog of recent sessions to get a feel for my style of work, and you can read a little bit about me on my Meet Lexi page. As far as what’s in my bag, I shoot with a Nikon D810 and I have a line-up of prime lenses, primarily using my 35mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, and a 24mm 1.4.
  • Are you familiar and comfortable with operating your camera in manual mode? It is important that you already have a good understanding of the basics so that you will be prepared to take your work to the next level. We can still discuss techniques to achieve a desired look, but the knowledge to put those techniques to use will be crucial to getting the most out of this critique. 
  • What are your goals as an artist/photographer? What is it you that you want to achieve with your work? Knowing what it is you want will help me translate how I view your work into heartfelt feedback that will help you find the connections you have been missing.
  • Are you mentally prepared to receive a critique of your work? This may seem obvious, but getting honest feedback on work that is so personal can sometimes be hard to hear, even when we’ve asked for it. My first few semesters of architecture design school thickened my skin early on so that I learned not to take things personally, but rather welcomed the objective criticisms that helped me see the missing pieces in my work I had been searching for. It’s important to me that you know that my intentions are always to help you learn and grow as a photographer and artist.
  • If you’ve gone through the above and feel that you are ready to book your critique – great! Below is more information on what to expect in your portfolio review.

The Portfolio Review Process

After you’ve submitted your ten images, I will take about a week to review and critique them and prepare my thoughts and impressions to submit back to you to keep for future reference. My critique will also analyze each image for technical and artistic elements. Technical elements include white balance, focus, technical and physical distractions, exposure, use of light and shadows, and color and black and white processing. Artistic elements include subject matter, composition, emotional connections, and your use of light.

Once you’ve had some time to process my review, we will schedule a one hour chat session to discuss your thoughts and questions. In order to get the most out of this discussion session, I suggest jotting down your thoughts after reading your review and preparing your questions beforehand so you don’t forget anything during our chat. I will do my best to answer your questions during our allotted session time, but some questions may require a little more time or thought, so I may choose to respond to some after our session.

Whether you are a hobbyist or you are in the photography business, your review discussion and questions should focus on your images and work. If you are in business and you are interested in a mentoring session focused on business related topics, I suggest the 1:1 mentoring option, which can be tailored to fit that need.

After you’ve received your review and we’ve had our discussion session, my hope is that the effects of the critique will continue to linger and make you think about your work and process a little differently, if not a little more passionately.

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The Follow Up, $100

It’s been a few weeks or longer since you had a mentoring session or portfolio review with me, and you’re feeling like you’d like to ask a few more questions and discuss your progress since we reviewed your work. This follow-up session is just for you! And honestly, I’d love the opportunity to continue to help you on your journey as an artist!

What You Get:

A one hour session in person or via online video chat

Opportunity to ask more questions concerning your previous review

Submit 5 photos + receive overall, general feedback on how you’ve put your previous review to use

Continued support + tips for reaching your photographic goals